It’s amazing how quickly a club can go from being overstocked in a certain department to in the need of extra cover.
Stevan Jovetic left Manchester City last week on an 18 month loan deal, which in all likelihood signals an end to his frustrating two-year spell in the Premier League.
The Montenegrin is a versatile forward but the array of striking options available to City over the last couple of seasons, along with his own woeful injury record, blighted his time in Manchester.
With Edin Dzeko on the verge of a move to Roma, Manuel Pellegrini is sure to be looking for fresh talent for his front line.
City have reportedly courted Kevin De Bruyne all summer but no deal seems close, and the manager may look for alternatives.
Sergio Aguero remains his undisputed first choice, Wilfried Bony the more physical option but there is room in the squad for a forward to offer something different still.
Here a three possibilities…
Griezmann’s form, particularly in the latter part of last season, attracted plenty of praise and attention in a division where most attackers are very easily kept in the shade by the twin terrors of Messi and Ronaldo.
The Atletico man is primarily a winger but his confidence in front of goal makes him at home right across the forward line.
He scored 22 times in La Liga last season, proving he has no problem finding the net.
The Frenchman is fairly lightweight but has enough quality to succeed in the Premiership and would provide competition for the likes of Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling while also bringing striking reinforcements.
At 24 his best years are also ahead of him, and his recent progress has been hugely impressive.
He is only one year into a six-year deal in Spain, but Atletico’s huge debt might make a bumper bid from City hard to turn down.
If City plan to stick with their current recruitment policy, then Saido Berahino is a prime target.
He is still a developing prospect but being young and English, he fits the bill. His sheer pace and goalscoring prowess caused a multitude of problems for Premier League defences last season.
A possible transfer away from the Hawthorns has been the subject of discussion all summer.
West Brom pulled the plug on a potential new deal back in the New Year after talks with the player and his representatives broke down.
Earlier in the window he player publicly stated his desire to move to a “bigger club” but since then Liverpool’s interest has ended and neither Tottenham nor Newcastle have come close to the asking price of £20million.
City could easily overpower any potential Premier League rivals for the signature if they were so inclined but Berahino is bound to be aware he would spend plenty of time of the bench in the wake of a move to the Etihad.
If City could pull this one off then it would be a real surprise and a hammer blow to Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman, at the helm of cross-town rivals United, is reported to be closing in on a deal for the 28-year-old.
Pedro is a hugely decorated footballer who possesses blistering speed and can add real incision to the attack.
Despite winning five league titles and three Champions League titles with Barcelona, the forward has found his opportunities limited of late due to the success of the Messi-Neymar-Suarez trio.
Pedro though, for all his medals and qualities, is not really a striker and he would find himself in another tussle for a starting berth will all of City’s existing wingers and attacking midfielders.
Should Pellegrini decide his is worth bringing in, he would need to meet the £22million clause which enables the player to discuss terms.